Downtown Lab/Museum Develops

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Posted on 09/21/2021
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Oh Snap, a selfie photo lab and museum, will hold a grand-opening event Sept. 25 in Akron.

The lab and museum, located at 209 S. Main St. in Suite 501, spans 6,300 square feet and features more than 30 photo opportunities, according to owner Tiffany Roper. The event begins at 6 p.m.

“It’s technically a selfie museum and event space, but it’s much more than that,” Roper, 37, said. “We’ve partnered with local artists in Northeast Ohio to curate some of the micro studios we have in the art installation, so it’s really an experience of art and movement.”

Each photo opportunity features a different backdrop and media, Roper said.

“It doesn’t look like any other museum around,” she said.

The grand opening event is the museum’s introduction to the Akron community. The event will feature refreshments, a tour and viewing of the museum’s Emerald Lounge event space, which offers views of the Downtown Akron skyline and Lock 3.

“It’s really a celebration of being able to own this place right on Main Street, right in our hometown, five minutes from where my husband (Kevin) and I grew up and graduated at North High School. So this is really more than just a party for us — it’s the jumpstart of a legacy,” Roper said.

The idea to start Oh Snap came to Roper in a dream.

“I had a dream in March and I woke up and told Kevin, ‘we had this really cool space where people could take pictures.’ And then I started researching selfie museums and found out this is a living, breathing thing, but we don’t have anything like this in the area,” she said.

Roper said similar museums are starting to pop up throughout the U.S. because they are a “great time.” However, Roper said Oh Snap’s approach is different than other selfie museums.

“These are curated spaces, they’re artistic, they’re fun and they’re trendy, and we’re really proud of that fact,” she said.

Museum attendees can take photos of themselves throughout the experience, but Roper recommends going with friends.

Oh Snap is accepting reservations for the Emerald Lounge. So far, Roper has booked a wedding, several birthday parties and a Leadership Akron guided tour.

Though Roper is excited to open the business, it’s not a new experience for her. She and her husband also own Eat Speak Love and a mobile detailing businesses, First Time Shine.

“Starting those businesses really gave me the know-how to know that I can do it again,” Roper said.

“Entrepreneurship is such a viable option for prosperity and innovation as well, and it’s possible right here in our own back yard. We’re incredibly lucky to get to be able the do the things we’re doing in our community,” she said.

Roper believes it’s also important to let youth in the community know entrepreneurship is an attainable career option. She partners with Akron Public Schools’ entrepreneurship program to be an example and ambassador to students.

The museum will be open to the public starting Sept. 28. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $20 Tuesday through Thursday and $25 on Fridays.

The museum is closed Mondays but professional photographers can book the space for $75 an hour, which includes up to two clients.
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